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18. Here is the relevant text from
Lew's op-ed


Yet for the past 30 years, these grants have been allocated using a formula that does not consider how good a job the recipients are doing. The president is proposing to cut financing for this grant program in half, saving $350 million, and to reform the remaining half into a competitive grant program, so that funds are spent to give communities the most effective help.

Another difficult cut is a reduction of $125 million, or about a quarter of current financing, to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which supports environmental cleanup and protection. And a third is a reduction in the Community Development Block Grant program. These flexible grants help cities and counties across the nation finance projects in areas like housing, sewers and streets, and economic development in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

While we know from mayors and county leaders how important these grants are for their communities, and are very aware of the financial difficulties many of them face, the sacrifices needed to begin putting our fiscal house in order must be broadly shared, and we are proposing to cut this program by 7.5 percent, or $300 million.

These three examples alone, of course, represent only a small fraction of the scores of cuts the president had to choose, but they reflect the tough calls he had to make. And as he made them, his administration tried to make sure that there was no undue burden on any one program or area. We also asked agencies outside the freeze to do their part as well. The Department of Defense, for instance, will have its financing plan cut by $78 billion over the next five years, bringing spending down to zero real growth after a decade of healthy increases, and we are eliminating programs like the C-17 transport plane that have broad support but that we do not need and cannot afford.

The budget is due out February 14. Not sure what the purpose of this op-ed was, as it raises more questions than it answers. Why mention specifics out of context?

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  -Obama to cut services to poor urban Americans, budget director notes lonestarnot  Feb-06-11 09:21 PM   #0 
  - needs to keep his wars on  Skittles   Feb-06-11 09:22 PM   #1 
  - So what exactly is the money used for like meals on wheels? Cab vouchers?  lonestarnot   Feb-06-11 09:26 PM   #2 
  - "They Have Nowhere Else To Go "  kenny blankenship   Feb-06-11 09:29 PM   #3 
  - Great campaign slogan for 2012!  grahamhgreen   Feb-07-11 12:48 AM   #28 
  - In the words of my nine-year-old niece,  woo me with science   Feb-06-11 09:32 PM   #4 
  - She gets it.  wellstone dem   Feb-06-11 09:53 PM   #13 
  - Tell her the obvious... that we will die.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 08:58 AM   #39 
  - She sounds like a great liberal.  Xenotime   Feb-07-11 02:46 PM   #87 
  - What wonderful change!  Odin2005   Feb-06-11 09:33 PM   #5 
  - But, he did stand up to the republicans on the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans...  Horse with no Name   Feb-06-11 09:33 PM   #6 
  - Yes, he did. He said they're not going to be permanent.  Jackpine Radical   Feb-06-11 09:41 PM   #7 
     - Just like the other ones from before.  kenny blankenship   Feb-06-11 09:43 PM   #9 
     - And many jobless will not be permanent too.  Amonester   Feb-07-11 12:33 AM   #25 
     - "They're gonna expire". You misunderstood. He was talking about us poor folk.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 09:27 AM   #47 
  - It's not like there anything else that can be cut.  Autumn   Feb-06-11 09:42 PM   #8 
  - Yes, you did.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 09:29 AM   #48 
     - Yes you can bobbolink.  Autumn   Feb-07-11 11:06 AM   #57 
     - Thank you so much! Your words mean a lot.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 11:47 AM   #61 
     - Yup, but there are a lot of us :p  Hydra   Feb-07-11 04:12 PM   #104 
     - Lack of record was what made me support him only when he won  WCGreen   Feb-07-11 05:25 PM   #107 
     - Can I just say, if that other ticket had won, you may already be dead.  lonestarnot   Feb-07-11 08:15 PM   #108 
        - EVen W didn't make cuts like this, the foodstamp cuts, the cuts of disability!  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 08:23 PM   #110 
        - And you think his shit didn't lead us to the point we are now. Cuts have not been made yet.  lonestarnot   Feb-07-11 08:37 PM   #112 
           - Oh for gawd's sake... the lack of any compassion here is sooo telling.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 08:41 PM   #113 
              - Take a fucking chill pill. You have no idea of my situation and I do not intend to discuss it here.  lonestarnot   Feb-07-11 09:05 PM   #118 
                 - Right back atcha. Learn some HUMAN compassion.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 09:59 PM   #120 
                    - hmmmf WTF are you about anyway?  lonestarnot   Feb-07-11 10:17 PM   #122 
        - Can I just ask, since our ticket won,  Autumn   Feb-08-11 07:53 AM   #128 
     - Act of defiance  roxiejules   Feb-07-11 09:02 PM   #116 
  - This is BS. We should be cutting foreign aid way before domestic aid,  browntyphoon   Feb-06-11 09:48 PM   #10 
  - Whaaat? Foreign aid is 1% of our budget. nt  Bigmack   Feb-06-11 10:28 PM   #19 
     - You think a few billion won't do wonders here?  browntyphoon   Feb-06-11 10:50 PM   #23 
        - Hell yes. There are any number of investment bankers that could use a few bil more.  Jackpine Radical   Feb-07-11 08:25 AM   #35 
  - Change indeed n/t  Catherina   Feb-06-11 09:50 PM   #11 
  - ACK.  Toon Me Out   Feb-06-11 09:53 PM   #12 
     - A lifetime ago I was a manager of a pizza place. I had a driver that resembled 'Bill The Cat'.  Edweird   Feb-06-11 10:46 PM   #21 
     - A friend of mine has Bill the Cat tattooed on his arm.  Fuddnik   Feb-07-11 09:47 AM   #52 
     - Bill the Cat already got his. What does he care? He played electric tongue for Deathtongue  amandabeech   Feb-06-11 10:46 PM   #22 
     - Double ack!  Fuddnik   Feb-07-11 09:46 AM   #51 
  - a fucking republican could not get away with some of this shit.  inna   Feb-06-11 09:54 PM   #14 
  - Exactly. It takes a Dem to sentence poor people to death.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 09:38 AM   #50 
  - +1  grahamhgreen   Feb-07-11 09:49 AM   #53 
  - Which is why they allowed a "Democrat" to win.  FiveGoodMen   Feb-07-11 01:27 PM   #69 
  - So thats what happens when you elect a community organizer - he changes  undeterred   Feb-06-11 09:54 PM   #15 
  - ...  CrispyQ   Feb-07-11 09:35 AM   #49 
  - More Churches preaching while they are feeding....  glinda   Feb-06-11 09:59 PM   #16 
  - End the wars. Cut defense bloat. NOW!  Lifelong Protester   Feb-06-11 10:00 PM   #17 
  - And who is going to then make sure those funds go to poverty?  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 10:21 AM   #56 
     - bobbolink, you cannot speak for all DUers like that. I do not agree.  lonestarnot   Feb-07-11 08:18 PM   #109 
     - are you arguing with me now? I thought we were on the same  Lifelong Protester   Feb-07-11 08:54 PM   #114 
  - Here is the relevant text from  ProSense   Feb-06-11 10:20 PM   #18 
  - I've read it over carefully twice and he is saying outright that the poor with have to share  CTyankee   Feb-07-11 08:38 AM   #36 
  - I like how the middle class/working poor/poor have to share in the 'sacrifices'  SammyWinstonJack   Feb-07-11 09:08 AM   #41 
  - Iposted earlier about how Joe Scarborough was yelling that he didn't  CTyankee   Feb-07-11 09:18 AM   #44 
  - Some of us have nothing left to sacrifice except our lives.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 11:48 AM   #62 
  - they have Republican politicians to protect them from sacrifices  hfojvt   Feb-07-11 12:11 PM   #67 
  - That's exactly it  katnapped   Feb-07-11 09:23 AM   #45 
  - The way I read it  ProSense   Feb-07-11 09:24 AM   #46 
  - Well, then he should have said what you just posted.  CTyankee   Feb-07-11 10:11 AM   #55 
  - Reagan Era? We never left it.  kenny blankenship   Feb-07-11 11:39 AM   #59 
  - "Poor" EQUALS "sacrifices", FGS, Obama! Cold-hearted bureaucrat.  WinkyDink   Feb-07-11 11:50 AM   #63 
  - "the sacrifices needed"  hfojvt   Feb-07-11 12:04 PM   #66 
  - yes, taking money from the poorest will NEVER balance the budget  StarsInHerHair   Feb-07-11 10:39 PM   #123 
  - Prosense!  woo me with science   Feb-07-11 01:43 PM   #72 
  - What context is missing?  Telly Savalas   Feb-07-11 10:08 PM   #121 
  - The saddest thing is that $350 million - as compared to the entire budget -  sad sally   Feb-06-11 10:42 PM   #20 
  - great post thanks!  democracy1st   Feb-07-11 12:40 AM   #26 
  - Great post  Autumn   Feb-07-11 11:10 AM   #58 
  - kick  Bluebear   Feb-07-11 12:23 AM   #24 
  - Damn him  burrowowl   Feb-07-11 12:42 AM   #27 
  - DINO!  SammyWinstonJack   Feb-07-11 08:51 AM   #37 
  - K&R to the top. Put down the unrec button! Slowly! On the ground.  grahamhgreen   Feb-07-11 12:50 AM   #29 
  - "Change" it can either be change for the good but unfortunately it  Raine   Feb-07-11 01:56 AM   #30 
  - That'll buy how many torpedos and fighter jets?  Lorien   Feb-07-11 01:56 AM   #31 
  - Well put  upi402   Feb-07-11 02:15 AM   #32 
  - Yep, that would have been my first thought.  Pacifist Patriot   Feb-07-11 09:13 AM   #42 
  - This is quite likely the money for homeless shelters.  JDPriestly   Feb-07-11 02:36 AM   #33 
  - kick  lonestarnot   Feb-07-11 08:11 AM   #34 
  - During the campaign the few of us who dared mention POVERTY were strongly  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 08:58 AM   #38 
  - Yet...his community organizing stint was suspect from the start  Horse with no Name   Feb-07-11 10:05 AM   #54 
  - there is a group called UK Uncut, they're using twitter and other social  StarsInHerHair   Feb-07-11 10:44 PM   #124 
  - This is just like  Urban Prairie   Feb-07-11 09:03 AM   #40 
  - Dammit! I started the day in a pissy mood.  Pacifist Patriot   Feb-07-11 09:14 AM   #43 
  - But he will increase the warfare state, no problem.  krabigirl   Feb-07-11 11:42 AM   #60 
  - Is this more of the change we can believe in?  quinnox   Feb-07-11 11:52 AM   #64 
  - It is the beginning unless all of you put an end to it.,  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 01:38 PM   #70 
  - We need to take a hint from the people in Cairo  Oak2004   Feb-07-11 11:55 AM   #65 
  - Dammit, I am SO FED UP with people only wanting POOR FOLK to take action!  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 01:40 PM   #71 
  - I don't think it is us who should shoulder the work alone  Oak2004   Feb-07-11 04:22 PM   #105 
     - EXACTLY! They will protest for Iraqis but not for US.  bobbolink   Feb-08-11 11:26 AM   #129 
  - And how can we afford to 'walk like Egyptians' to DC? Everyone I know  Mnemosyne   Feb-07-11 09:01 PM   #115 
     - That's where we need to either enlist help from others or opt for our own city hall or state capitol  Oak2004   Feb-07-11 10:46 PM   #125 
        - I guess being in BFE, has frustrated me. I cannot even afford  Mnemosyne   Feb-08-11 07:43 AM   #127 
  - urban poor? fucking flat wrong. Most rural communities are at least  cali   Feb-07-11 12:20 PM   #68 
  - Obama: the greatest Republican president since Clinton.  Lucian   Feb-07-11 01:43 PM   #73 
  - Disappointing? For poor people he has been a fuckjing disaster!  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 01:56 PM   #74 
     - I was trying to be nice.  Lucian   Feb-07-11 02:27 PM   #80 
        - I understand. However, when people are facing dire suffering and death, being  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 02:31 PM   #81 
           - First of all, the people here need to overcome their apathy.  Lucian   Feb-07-11 02:33 PM   #83 
              - THANK YOU! Now, how to get that to happen?  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 02:38 PM   #84 
                 - I don't do twitter.  Lucian   Feb-07-11 03:11 PM   #96 
                    - Asking because there are some good ideas for online activism.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 03:14 PM   #98 
                       - If a revolution is around the corner, I'll join.  Lucian   Feb-07-11 03:17 PM   #100 
                          - Sorry. I didn't mean to push your buttons. Some of us are in dire circumstances, but nevermind.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 03:20 PM   #101 
                             - No I understand.  Lucian   Feb-07-11 03:29 PM   #102 
                                - I'm not going to argue that. I'm saying that there are other ways to use it...ways that could help  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 03:32 PM   #103 
  - We don't need to cut anything. We need to spend, We have a jobs crisis.  jtown1123   Feb-07-11 02:08 PM   #75 
  - Exactly! Example: for every Federal dollar spent on food stamps $1.84 returned to the local economy  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 02:17 PM   #77 
  - And that hatred results in the middle class being turned against the working class and  CTyankee   Feb-07-11 02:47 PM   #88 
  - That's for damn sure! When is the MIC going to "sacrifice"?  Raksha   Feb-07-11 03:01 PM   #94 
  - I'll give this story a few more days to find out  Whisp   Feb-07-11 02:16 PM   #76 
  - Thank you for your concern. Maybe you will organize memorials for those who DIE because of these  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 02:19 PM   #78 
  - like I said,  Whisp   Feb-07-11 02:25 PM   #79 
     - Yeah, we got what you said. Ignoring the disaster is disgusting... ignoring the results  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 02:32 PM   #82 
        - ...  Whisp   Feb-07-11 02:51 PM   #91 
           - The best thing you've said all day. Thank you.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 03:13 PM   #97 
              - such a clever one!  Whisp   Feb-07-11 05:07 PM   #106 
  - This was an op-ed by the director of the OMB  Telly Savalas   Feb-08-11 10:00 PM   #130 
  - Must be the new LET THEM EAT RATS PROGRAM.  dkofos   Feb-07-11 02:40 PM   #85 
  - I'm hoping this is a trial balloon. Please call the WH and insist that block grants be retained.  riderinthestorm   Feb-07-11 02:45 PM   #86 
  - Sadly, no. These aren't the first cuts made. Yet, there is no interest in fighting it.  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 02:49 PM   #90 
     - This is an opinion piece in the NYTimes Bobbolink! This is one route to float this kind of BS.  riderinthestorm   Feb-07-11 02:53 PM   #92 
        - You're entitled to your opinon. However, telling a homeless person not to give up hope  bobbolink   Feb-07-11 03:15 PM   #99 
  - Pressure from the rethuglicans.  Xenotime   Feb-07-11 02:48 PM   #89 
  - what will it take?  ReggieVeggie   Feb-07-11 02:58 PM   #93 
  - They should cut the war budget (aka "defense") budget by at least 50%  Raksha   Feb-07-11 03:05 PM   #95 
  - people in the street  Oak2004   Feb-07-11 08:26 PM   #111 
  - ' opinion article '  spanone   Feb-07-11 09:04 PM   #117 
  - Does not matter. Many here don't like President Obama.  bluestate10   Feb-07-11 09:19 PM   #119 
  - Total betrayal of Ted Kennedy.  NCarolinawoman   Feb-07-11 11:15 PM   #126 

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